While many people love the sleek look of stainless steel appliances, they often require homeowners to sacrifice the ability to use a magnet to stick notes, drawings, report cards and other items onto the refrigerator. Because the refrigerator tends to be a prominent place for important notes and items, this can create a problem for homeowners accustomed to using their refrigerator as a communications hub. By using magnetic message boards and alternative ways to hang items, families can continue to use their refrigerator to display art, pictures and important notes.
Things You'll Need
- Reusable putty
- Gel stick-ons
- Magnetic message board
- Magnetic paint
Add a strip of tape or reusable putty to the back of magnets or other items that you wish to place on your refrigerator. Ensure you don't apply the tape or putty in a manner that will permanently scuff up your fridge.
Find gel stick-ons that adhere to the refrigerator. They may allow you to hang things without leaving any type of adhesive or glue residue.
Hang a magnetic board onto your fridge to use as a communications center. You can find these in a variety of finishes and sizes -- many use suction cups or a strong adhesive to attach the board to your refrigerator.
Check the sides of the refrigerator to see whether magnets will stick there. Many manufacturers make the sides of the refrigerator out of different material than the front of it, which means they might be magnetic.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're purchasing a new refrigerator, consider a stainless steel “look-alike” finish, such as titanium or painted silver metallic. These offer the look of stainless steel without the fingerprints -- and you can usually hang magnets on them.
- Stick your magnets to another appliance, such as a dishwasher or a washer/dryer.
- Create your own magnetic message board by painting a cabinet or area of the wall near the refrigerator with magnetic paint. This can also make an addition to a children’s playroom if you want younger family members to be able to play with magnetic toys or letters.
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